October 2016

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Deep Blues: The “B.B. King” Box

September 27, 2014
Pull a lifetime of licks out of six simple notes.
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Electric Etudes: Steve Morse

September 13, 2014
Delve into the technique and style of one of rock’s most versatile guitarists.
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Jazz Boot Camp: Quartal Harmony 101

September 6, 2014
Dig into the ambiguously beautiful sound of stacked fourths.
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Twang 101: 8 Essential Double-Stop Licks

August 30, 2014
Here’s a handful of snappy licks that will help get you through your next gig.
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Deep Cuts: Ry Cooder’s Funky Fingerstyle

August 23, 2014
Open tunings aren’t just for bottleneck licks.
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Rhythm Rules: How to Steal from Yourself

August 16, 2014
Sometimes an eighth-note is the only thing that separates the tired from the inspired.
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Electric Etudes: Jerry Garcia

August 9, 2014
Few guitarists could expand, develop, and improvise melodies like Uncle Jerry.
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Beyond Blues: Turnaround Tactics

August 2, 2014
Tackle those tricky turnarounds head-on with a simple arpeggio-based strategy.
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Deep Cuts: Al Anderson’s “You’re Just Laughin’ Inside”

July 19, 2014
The former NRBQ frontman combines Cornell Dupree double-stops with a dulcet tone and lots of soul.
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Rhythm Rules: Chromatic Quartals

July 12, 2014
Quartal harmony and chromatic approaches can add sophistication and drama to even basic chord progressions.
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Beyond Blues: You Say You Want a Resolution?

July 5, 2014
Focus your lines and snake through the chord changes by using the b7-3 resolution.
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Rhythm Rules: Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Antics

June 21, 2014
Grab your Gretsch and dig into the stylings of a modern rockabilly master.
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Digging Deeper: African Guitar 101

June 14, 2014
Discover the subtle secrets of Africa’s most virtuosic guitarists.
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Deep Cuts: David Hidalgo’s Sophisticated Blues-and-Beyond Moves on “The Town”

June 7, 2014
Dig into the multi-genre style of a little band from East L.A.
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Shredmental: The Dancer and the Drummer

May 31, 2014
In his first column, the shredder behind Metalocalypse and Dethklok reveals his method for breaking down the most technically demanding phrases.
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Prepare, Play, Release: A Treatise on Technique

May 24, 2014
Break through pesky technique barriers with this easy three-step process.
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Future Rock: Shredding Triads

May 17, 2014
Unlock the fretboard’s geometry through the beauty of the triad.
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Electric Etudes: Brian May

May 10, 2014
Learn all about the Queen guitarist’s signature techniques.
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Digging Deeper: Wayne Krantz’ “Grid” System

May 3, 2014
Inside the fusion master's strange way of looking at compositional space.
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Rhythm Rules: Gypsy Jazz Primer

April 26, 2014
Decode some of Django’s musical mojo by exploring the basics of his rhythm guitar style.
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